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Interstate 66 Corridor Improvements


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Interstate 66 Corridor Improvements

From US Route 15 in Prince William County to Interstate 495 in Fairfax County

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Interstate 66 Corridor Improvements

  1. 1. Interstate 66 Corridor Improvements From US Route 15 in Prince William County To Interstate 495 in Fairfax County I-66 Corridor Improvements Morteza Farajian Presentation revised 10/02/2013
  2. 2. Project Corridor 2
  3. 3. NEPA and Alternative Analysis FHWA ROD Tier I Technical Group RFI Public Outreach 3 CTB Tier II
  4. 4. Need for Improvements • Existing and future capacity deficiencies: – Travel demands in the corridor, particularly during peak commuter periods, exceed the carrying capacity of both the corridor’s roadway system and the current Metrorail Orange Line Service. • Points of congestion – Traffic operations are adversely affected by constraints (chokepoints) caused by capacity or geometric issues. • Limited mode choice – Service is primarily focused on serving commuter trips to and throughout the region’s inner core employment areas. • Safety deficiencies – Geometric deficiencies along the I-66 mainline include short distances between interchanges which lead to high weaving volumes and absence of shoulders in some locations. • Unpredictable travel – Travelers experience highly unreliable travel times on I-66 particularly during peak periods. 4
  5. 5. NEPA Purpose and Need Improve multimodal mobility along the I-66 corridor by providing diverse travel choices in a cost-effective manner. Enhance transportation safety and travel reliability for the public along the I-66 corridor. 5
  6. 6. NEPA Study Process / Tiering Approach • Tier 1 EIS focuses on broad issues - Purpose and need - General location of proposed improvements - Mode / Technology choice - 10 improvement concepts • Tier 2 analysis will focus on sitespecific details for selected concept(s) - Impacts - Costs - Mitigation 6
  7. 7. Tier 1 Build Improvement Concepts • • Managed Lanes • Metrorail Extension • Light Rail Transit • Bus Rapid Transit • VRE Extension • Improve Spot Locations/Chokepoints • Intermodal Connectivity • Safety Improvements • 7 General Purpose Lanes Transportation Communication and Technology
  8. 8. Request for Information • The Office of Transportation Public Private Partnerships (OTP3), in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), has issued a Request for Information (RFI). • An RFI is an inquiry only to solicit input from citizens and private sector on the best practices and innovative approaches that may be utilized to address the purpose and need, maximize the benefits and minimize the costs to citizens of the Commonwealth. • No contract or agreement will be entered into as a result of this process. Information contained in the responses to the RFI will help OTP3, VDOT and DRPT, to advance evaluation, planning and development efforts for the Project, which may result in the launch of a formal procurement. 8
  9. 9. Public Involvement • Public hearings on Tier 1 Draft EIS were conducted on March 13 & 14, 2013 • Citizen Information Meetings: Early 2014 • Citizens can submit their comments and responses to the RFI on or before November 25, 2013 to the following email address: • Responses to the RFI will be posted on Project website: • Project documents, news letters, news releases, fact sheets and schedule of public meetings will be posted on Project website. • Additional public involvement opportunities will be provided if project moves forward to Tier 2 NEPA and potentially a formal procurement. 9
  10. 10. Other Improvements: Underway OR Planned • Active Traffic Management • Bus ramp at Vienna station at Vaden Drive • Widening from Route 29 at Gainesville to Route 15 in Haymarket • Spot improvement 2 inside Beltway • Route 28 interchange improvements • Route 15 interchange improvements • Details available at: 10
  11. 11. Thank You! Morteza Farajian Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships, Program Manager Angel Deem VDOT, Environmental Project Manager Paul Nishimoto Virginia Mega Projects, Deputy Project Manager, 11